Do you think you are eating healthy but find that you are overweight? Do you continue to diet but don’t seem to lose any weight and once you stop dieting you gain all the weight back? Are you really making healthy choices? There are many mistakes people make in their plans to eat healthy. Here are a few common mistakes I have made or know people have made in the past.
Dieting doesn’t work! That is the number one mistake I believe people make. They have the attitude of being on a diet. A diet is nothing more than the foods that you eat. Diets can be healthy or unhealthy. It takes a lifestyle change to achieve long lasting results.
Many try skipping meals to lose weight. Trying to diet during the day and then bingeing at night is counterproductive. If this is your problem read, Blurt: Bingeing at Night.
Add variety to your diet and some color. Eating the same things day in and day out is unhealthy. The foods we eat give us the nutrients and vitamins we need. You cannot get all of these from limited choices; no single food supplies them all. Try adding a new fruit or vegetable to your diet each week.
Many ignore the serving size on nutrition labels. Read them! You may be surprised. For example a serving size of pasta is one cup but many will eat 4 times that much.
Stop grazing. It is easy to consume many calories from munching without even realizing it. I’m not saying not to have snacks but pay attention to what you are eating. Read, Blurt: It’s Snackin’ Time, for more information.
Nuts are healthy but snacking and eating a bowl of nuts or a whole jar is not. They are dense with calories and should be used more as a garnish. One tip about nuts is to nibble on a few before a meal. They produce a hormone that tells your brain you are full. You can read more about this in my article, Blurt: Don’t Need a Knife to Cut Calories.
Many condiments are unhealthy. Avoid salt, butter, sour cream, tartar sauce, mayonnaise, and gravy. Try pepper, other spices, mustard, and lemon juice. You could also add veggies on top or mixed in your meal to give more flavor instead of a condiment.
Don’t think all energy bars and smoothies are low in calories. Many aren’t.
Just because it says fat-free doesn’t mean it is good for you. Most chocolate is fat free but that doesn’t mean you should go out and eat it as a meal.
Watch out for these common pitfalls. We can live a happier and healthier lifestyle. If some of these are difficult for you, try making one change at a time. By taking baby steps we will achieve our goals of weight loss. As I have said before, we didn’t put this weight on in a day and we should not expect some miracle to take it off quickly. It takes time and a lifestyle change. But once we make those changes we will see our success. This success will motivate us to higher achievements throughout our lives. It has mine. I have truly been blessed and I am living a happier and healthier life. I will succeed! I’m sure that you can too! As my Weight Watchers® instructor always says, You CAN and WILL do it. Take care and God Bless.
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